Tag Archives: Prozdor

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Ballroom Dancing and Bat Mitzvah Blackout: A Conversation with Ilana Pavlotsky

Ilana Pavlotsky is a junior at Needham High School and recently returned from traveling to Ukraine on Havayah, a fellowship run by Prozdor for teens from Boston, Haifa, and Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, to run 10 days of programming for Jewish elementary school students there. Ilana, who comes from a Ukrainian family herself, is a passionate ballroom dancer and active at Temple Beth Avodah in Newton. Before she left, we spoke with her… Read Article →

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Apologies for the Delay

Hello loyal followers, I apologize for our radio silence. The past two days have been quite a whirlwind, and I am just now finding a few moments to sit down and detail what we’ve been doing. Next blogpost up you will get a participant perspective. The Travel Well, after seven hours at Logan, we got out of Boston. While I don’t fully understand why we needed to wait, the pilot… Read Article →

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Tales From Israel: The Intersection of Faith and Future

For the fourth year in a row I spent a sleepless Shabbat in Jerusalem. It’s not necessarily Jerusalem’s fault that I’m up until 3 in the morning every time I’m there. Given the timing of Prozdor’s vacations and flights, inevitably we arrive late on a Wednesday or Thursday, eat dinner, and then stumble off to bed sometime after 10:00 with our body clocks in full misalignment. And while on most… Read Article →

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The Write Stuff

By this point in my life, I’m certainly old enough to realize what I’m good at. I’ve also reached the point that I recognize what needs a lot of work. Case in point: writing. Don’t get me wrong, I love to write. I enjoy blogging, I’ve been keeping a daily journal for 25 years and I even like editing other people’s writing. But really, I’m a charlatan. I never took… Read Article →

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A Family Affair: Four Perspectives on Prozdor From The Krieger/Musinsky Family

David Krieger and Susan Musinsky are the parents of Rebecca and Eli Krieger. Rebecca, a senior at Watertown High School and a Bronfman Fellow, has been involved with Prozdor for five years and is currently a participant in the 12th grade Moreshet program. Her brother, Eli, is in 9th grade at Watertown High School and entering his second year at Prozdor. David, a doctor, and Susan, the head of a… Read Article →

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EGOT* Bound: A conversation with Prozdor student Ariel Bavly

Ariel Bavly, a Prozdor 9th grader and student at Newton South High School, has a remarkable array of talents in the performing arts. In addition to her studies, Ariel is establishing herself as a songwriter, actress and dancer. She has had the opportunity to collaborate with many eminent artists (including her father). We are excited to have Ariel at Prozdor, where she is expanding her creative and Jewish passions. Ariel… Read Article →

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Everyone Will Lead

I was out on my regular afternoon run a few days ago, when a 45-mile-per-hour wind suddenly picked up on the leading edge of a cold front. The sky went from sunny to ominous, the breeze, from light to gusty, and before I knew it I was running stretches on the track into an intense headwind. Soon, the rain came — and when it rained, it poured. Change happens fast…. Read Article →

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Four Questions with Jessica Silverman

One of the most exciting new offerings at Prozdor this fall will be a science, technology, engineering and math module in which students explore the intersection of Judaism and science in new and creative ways. We have tapped Acton, Mass. native Jessica Silverman, a newly minted Ph.D., to teach this section. Here, Silverman talks about her background, her love of science and her new role at Prozdor. Tell us a… Read Article →

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What Prozdor Means to Me

When I first came to Prozdor, I knew that I wanted to think critically about Judaism, but I had no one to talk about it with. My shul is great, but there weren’t a lot of teenagers there and I never got into any youth groups. Prozdor gave me what I had been missing: people who understood me. People I could discuss Judaism with on a serious level. I also… Read Article →

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A New Vision for Prozdor

Kids don’t know how lucky they have it. They go to school, get driven to sports and music classes, have play dates, watch TV, get food prepared for them and are only inconvenienced by doing homework. Generally speaking, they get to pursue their interests and passions with the support of their parents. Enter Prozdor. Prozdor hazily exists somewhere between passion and compulsion. Yes, parents like to make their kids go… Read Article →